Sen. Cornyn: Drug Cartels, Smugglers Behind 'Train of Misery' at Southern Border
Dem Rep. Kildee pushes back: reopen gov't, then debate immigration.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) applauded President Trump for taking his border wall push "directly to the American people" in tonight's national TV address amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.
On "Outnumbered Overtime" Tuesday, Cornyn said the American people understand, as Trump does, that there are humanitarian and national security crises at the southern border.
"There is a train of misery coming into the United States from these transnational criminal organizations that traffic in drugs and people and human misery," Cornyn said. "And I'm glad the president is taking his message directly to the American people."
He added that it's "pure hypocrisy" that Democratic lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) supported enhanced border security years ago, but now they are dead-set on opposing Trump and denying him a political win.
"It's not a good faith negotiation. If it were, we could solve this in less than an hour."
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), on the other hand, said that Democrats want to end the shutdown and then have a thorough debate in Congress over the details of the administration's border security agenda.
"What we need is a clear and concise plan. We have always supported and will always support border security," Kildee said. "I want to see a full plan."
He took issue with Cornyn accusing Democrats of "hypocrisy," saying that they can have a substantive debate on policy without falling back on name-calling.
He noted that several weeks ago, every member of the U.S. Senate, including Cornyn, voted to reopen the government without having the border funding issue settled.
"Why, if it was a good idea three weeks ago, can't the Senate take up the legislation that the House just passed to reopen government and have a real, honest debate about border security and immigration without using another crisis that is manufactured in order to get what they can't get through the normal process?"
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interviews above.